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Emma Riglin

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Public Relations
Minor: Global and International Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2019

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in the Stanley E. Degler Washington Program this fall. I participated in an internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a Public Relations Intern. My daily tasks included working with celebrities and journalists, writing press releases, copy editing Playbills for shows, and monitoring news media.

This internship made me a much better public relations professional and writer and prepared me for any kind of career in public relations because of the work I got to do

How did this experience impact you academically?

Through the Washington Program, I got to take classes while living in DC. I took three communications courses that made me a much better public speaker. As part of the classes I got to argue a Supreme Court case in front of practicing lawyers and received the Kathleen and John Collins Oral Advocacy Award. I also had the opportunity to record a TV segment in a real broadcast studio. My internship at the Kennedy Center impacted me academically by making me a much better writer, making me a better time manager, and making me work under pressure.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Because of the amazing experience I had, I hope to someday work at the Kennedy Center or another performing arts center as a public relations professional. This internship made me a much better public relations professional and writer and prepared me for any kind of career in public relations because of the work I got to do.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

My Spanish adviser worked with me to make sure I could have this experience and still complete my Spanish major and global and international studies minor. I also received Liberal Arts enrichment funding for this experience which I am very grateful for. Liberal Arts funding helped me to be able to complete this program without worrying about how I would pay for it.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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